Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
There are always numerous prophetic words circulating in Christian circles. There are numerous web sites that publish prophetic words. There are many Facebook pages expressing what they believe to be God’s heart for people, the Church, certain nations.
It seems that God is speaking a lot. And, I am deeply concerned that many of the things He is supposedly speaking about contradict each other. Other words simply don’t line up with the written word of God, the Bible. And, many are being deceived by these words so freely spoken and shared.
We all know that God does not contradict Himself so not all prophetic words out there today are His Words. And we know that God never speaks contrary to what is written in His Word, the Bible. And, numerous words I have read are in direct contradiction to what the Bible teaches. So, this points to the need to be discerning and not just accepting because someone said it is a prophetic word from the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.
The issue I have with many of the words is that those posting them apparently lack any sense of discernment as to what is truly a word from the Lord and what is simply a person’s desire, dream, or their soul speaking. And, many of the words published that do seem to be the Lord sometimes are for the person or ministry that published them and not for the general population or even for the family of God. A personal word is shared and becomes corporate.
I personally read very few prophetic words that are published – even when published by some of the more well known ‘prophets’ and ‘apostles’ of our day. I simply don’t find them edifying and they often do not fulfill the three biblical purposes of the prophetic – to build up, the cheer up, to stir up (1 Corinthians 14:3). I prefer to invest my time in reading His Word as recorded in the Scriptures and seeking His face to hear His voice for myself personally and for the ministry He has given to me. And, those I don’t publish.
The Bible states (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21) that we are to test the prophetic words spoken to us personally, to the local church, to the Church, to a region or a nation… Test them to see what spirit is behind them. Where do they originate? Not all prophetic words are from the Holy Spirit as there are many false prophets ministering today in the Church and in the nations. And, many who are using the gift of prophecy do so for their own gain and notoriety which is also not biblical as the gift is given for others to benefit and not just the person with the gift benefitting – noted in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:7).
Of course, the other issue is what are people doing with the prophetic words that they hear? If they are discerning and test the spirit (source) as well as test what is being said to the Scriptures, then most of the words would be tossed. So, you would do nothing with them and not even think about them again.
I understand that this is my opinion but it is an opinion based on 40+ years of prophetic ministry.
For those words that register as biblical and from the Lord we need to act on them. In other words, do more than get excited and forward them to others or post them on your Facebook page. Personally act on what you know to be God’s voice to you. Obey what the Word has stated to you and do it immediately. Then your world will change, you will be walking in the center of God’s current will for your life, and you will be challenged and stretched.
Let’s not worry about the Church or seek for a word for your region or another nation … you need to hear God for yourself and then walk in what you know to be His specific Words to you.
As a result you and the church will have little time or interest in reading all the words that people are posting in the name of the living God.
A side note: If you are a leader in a local church and God speaks to your local church prophetically – make sure that the Word is reviewed and acted upon. In other words, bring the people past the “that was nice” stage and into agreement with the word resulting in action being taken in line with the Word.